I agree with Rog. I also find that there are just a few right wing and left wingers who buy "THE ENTIRE" menu of their stripe. AS a member once saidWere all conservative , just about different things".
When a discussion gets too raging around someone jamming their heels in and not trying to see the other side, I notice that several of the reasonable ones (you included) dont continue in a fight that gets increasingly personal.
I find that you, Rog, David, (when hes not stuck in a full time ballistics mode) , georgeob, and Brandon take a lot of abuse and still come back and give equal measure of logic.
I find that Im a natural bleedin heart about so many social issues that I like to hear how my stuff is perceived by someones who dont buy it in the least. Its healthy.
However, to remove yourself from the fray would be a loss to this community.
I look at you like my uncle Stash who never liked anything about Roosevelt and thought Eisenhower was a sellout. Obviously Thanksgiving in a predominantly Democratic family would be interesting with an Uncle Stash to stir the pot.
I think that A2k contains several mixes of Liberal. We have the Doctrinaire liberal, the moderately liberal, and the occasionally liberal. We also have the Full Kool Aid conservative, the moderate conservative, and the issue conservative (I think the issue conservative and the occasionally liberal are the same guy).